Washington Wizards vs Portland Trail Blazers Predictions, NBA Picks Today 3/4/2020
Game: Washington Wizards vs Portland Trail Blazers
Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Location: Moda Center in Portland, OR
TV: NBC Sports Northwest
Odds/Point Spread: Portland -5
Ish Smith and the Washington Wizards (22-37, 3rd in the Southeast Division) go to Moda Center on Wednesday where they'll meet the Portland Trail Blazers (27-35, 4th in the Northwest Division). Washington opens this matchup as 5 point underdogs. The O/U opens at 228.
The Wizards cover the spread 52.6% of the time, having gone 30-27-2 ATS. Portland is covering 41.7% of the time, going 25-35-2 against the spread.
Key Washington Wizards Injuries
10/18/19 PG John Wall Achilles is out indefinitely
Key Portland Trail Blazers Injuries
12/25/19 PF Zach Collins Shoulder is out indefinitely
12/06/19 SG Rodney Hood Achilles is out indefinitely
10/19/19 C Jusuf Nurkic Leg is out indefinitely
03/02/20 PG Damian Lillard Groin is questionable Wednesday vs Washington
Ish Smith comes into this game averaging 10.4 points per contest while playing 26.3 minutes per night this year. He grabs 3.2 rebounds per contest and distributes 4.7 assists per game. His FG percentage is 45% while his free throw percentage is 68%. Bradley Beal averages 30.4 points per contest in 35.8 minutes per game. He averages 6.1 assists per game and 4.3 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 46% for the season while his free throw percentage is 84%.
CJ McCollum scores 22.5 points per contest while playing 36.0 minutes per game. He hauls in 4.1 rebounds per contest and has 4.2 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 45% and his free throw percentage is at 75%. Carmelo Anthony averages 15.3 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 32.7 minutes per game. He also brings in 6.5 rebounds per game and has 1.5 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 42% and his free throw percentage is 84%.
Useful Team Statistics
Washington averages 115.9 points per contest, which is 5th in the league. Their average scoring margin is -4.0 and their shooting percentage is 46% as a unit, which has them ranked 13th. From 3-point territory they shoot 37%, which is good for 8th in the NBA. They average 42.1 boards per contest and 25.4 assists per game, which ranks them 29th and 11th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 22nd with 14.0 per game. The Wizards allow 119.9 points per contest, which is 30th in the NBA. They also surrender a 49% shooting percentage and a 38% average from 3-point range, ranking them 29th and 27th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 46.7 rebounds a game which ranks 26th, and they allow 25.3 assists per game which puts them in 23rd place in the league. They force 16.2 turnovers per game which ranks them 28th in the NBA.
Useful Team Statistics
Portland is 9th in the NBA with 113.3 points per contest this season. They are 19th in the league in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is -1.95. They shoot 37% from beyond the arc, which is good for 6th in the league. They are 10th in the NBA in rebounding with 45.6 boards per contest and 30th in assists per game with 20.0. The Blazers are 27th in turnovers per contest with 13.0. The Blazers give up 115.3 points per game, which ranks them 26th in the league. Their defense surrenders a 45% shooting percentage and a 37% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 10th and 25th in those defensive statistics. They rank 17th with 24.5 dimes allowed per game and 29th with 47.6 boards surrendered per contest. The Blazers are 3rd in the league in forcing turnovers with 12.7 per contest this year.
The Wizards are 11th in the NBA in offensive rating with 111.9, and their defensive rating of 115.7 is ranked 30th. In terms of pace they are 6th in the league with 103 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 15th. As a team they are 14th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 57% and they shoot 3-pointers on 36% of their shots, ranking 20th in the league. Washington is 25th in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 12 times per 100 possessions while forcing 13.8 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 56%, which is 2nd in the league.
Portland is 27th in the NBA in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 11.4 times per 100 possessions while forcing 11 on the defensive end. Their defensive effective field goal percentage for the season currently is 52%, which is 17th in the league. The Blazers are 10th in the NBA in offensive rating with 112, and their defensive rating of 114 is ranked 27th. In terms of pace they are 12th in the league with 100.8 possessions per 48 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 53% is 20th. As a team they are 17th in the NBA in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 37% of their shots, ranking 16th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Wizards/Blazers NBA game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take Washington +5
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